this is bbc news. i'm clive myrie. the headlines at 7.00: jeremy corbyn has given a speech where he warns about high pay — and also aims to clarify labour's stance on brexit. corbyn has we're not wedded to free movement through the eu corbyn has as a point of principle. mr corbyn has also pulled back from recommending a pay police in york have named the child who died yesterday as seven—year—old katie rough. a 15—year—old girl is being questioned over the incident. there's been a sharp rise in psychiatric attendances at accident and emergency units in england over the past four years. other figures show record numbers of nhs patients in england have faced long waits in a&e departments. and fifa has approved plans to expand the world cup from 32 to 48 teams
will you welcome what was billed as his vision for britain after brexit? kelly whether you voted to leave or remain, everybody voted for a better future. how many eu citizens can keep moving freely? we are not against the movement as point of principle but i don't want be misinterpreted it. we want the power to intervene decisively, to prevent workers from here or abroad being used and exploited to undermine pay and conditions at work. the original version of his speech had suggested freedom of movement might be ditched but instead he wants to tighten up rules that allow foreign workers to be exploited. does that mean you want to see more or fewer people? it probably means there will be fewer but i think we should also recognise there is a massive contribution made to health service, education, manufacturing industry by people from all over europe.
you say there will probably be fewer people coming here, by how many? i cannot put a figure on it because we've not seen the work that has been done. is it a question of principle? employers should not be allowed to tear up existing arrangements in the construction industry or industries. we've asked you whether you think the levels are too high. you said you don't. have you changed your mind? i've not. my mind is clear that we need to end the exploitation. we need to maintain market access within europe and ensure there are good relations between communities. do you want to... i want us to have market access and trade with europe. that means continuing freedom of movement. let's see what comes out of the negotiation. mr corbyn was in peterborough, a town whose face has been
changed by immigration. they worry that the approach does them no favours. the amount of immigration has not been good for peterborough. a lot of foreigners are quite nice but the system cannot cope. i find labour are confusing and i don't understand what the issues are. mr corbyn hopes he might have more appeal than pounds and pence. income limits could be on the way. i think you need to look at each company and think, is it right that the chief executive earns 100 times those that are doing the work that keeps the company going. after being expected to change direction, in the end he more or less stayed on the spot. it is sticking to principles that makes him the hero for his supporters, but for his mps it is a stubbornness that means they could be doomed to fail. let's focus on whatjeremy corbyn
that inequality is a big issue and it is not going away. it will get worse. free—market economies have been really good for increasing wealth, but not good for the distribution of wealth, which is the problem with inequality. it is good that senior politicians like jeremy corbyn now and david cameron before him are bringing this out into public debate. we need to do something, but we don't know exactly what. his four options. there are one or two good ones in there. ratios, that we should focus more on ratios of maximum to minimum pay within companies, rather than impose limits on maximum pay. those could work if we found a way of giving incentives to companies to limit the ratio of pay. in other words, if you're going to give big pay rises to the top brass in the company, you
should also give pay rises to... just to be clear, they should be no bigger gap than, say, 20 times or 50 times or what ever. the ceo from someone on times or what ever. the ceo from someone on the shop floor. that should work across the company. yes. in fact, 20 is the number that was mentioned by cameron and jeremy corbyn. 0ne mentioned by cameron and jeremy corbyn. one will be a disaster. he said he wants to study this further. the one where workers sit on remuneration committees and vote for executive pay. theresa may put forward the idea not long ago. executive pay. theresa may put forward the idea not long agom executive pay. theresa may put forward the idea not long ago. it is not a good idea. it is for increasing conflict in the company. the way companies work is that they have their management that runs the company, decides management policy,
decides on the day—to—day running of the company, and then you have employees all the way down. each one is in charge of a task within the company or a section of the company and they get rewarded according to their contribution to the company. when you have those employees being supervised by management then they decide how much that management is going to be paid. bus doesn't sound like a recipe... 0k, going to be paid. bus doesn't sound like a recipe... ok, the other ideas? the other is having a tax of 50% on the top i% of pay, maybe more than 100,000. the very top rate of tax. we have that before under gordon brown. that is, i don't think will do much for inequality. gordon brown. that is, i don't think will do much for inequalitym gordon brown. that is, i don't think will do much for inequality. if you are earning 15, 16, 20 million, an extra few percentage points is no
big deal and won't reduce the gap in any marked way. it is not and because companies will find ways of getting around it. it is the ratio... know, in the final idea, the ratio where he would put kitemark is, by which i assume he means we should make public the ratio of maximum... name and shame. consumers can decide... ok, he has put forward a set of ideas which you don't think are good. theresa may has suggested you have workers on board, but has also backtracked. in your experience, how do you think society can address the huge disparity between the guys at the top, men and women at the top, and the folk at the bottom? one issue that has been debated a long time is whether you need more redistribution of taxation, higher taxes at the top
to redistribute to lower incomes. 70, 80% rates like we had in the 19705? i don't 70, 80% rates like we had in the 1970s? i don't think that is good. that didn't really work. we have to push the lower paid up. but that means productivity and we are notoriously bad in this country with productivity. yes, so we need more spending on infrastructure, increased productivity, better education. the education standards are falling in this country. if you look at what has happened since the financial crisis of 2008, there has been almost no rise in productivity in this country. there has been a rise in output, but that has mainly come from higher employment. lower skills, zero hours contracts. not the good drops that involve training —— good jobs. the good drops that involve training -- good jobs. there is no quick fix, thatis -- good jobs. there is no quick fix, that is the bottom line. thanks for
joining us. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 this evening in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are the daily telegraph's political correspondent laura hughes and jack blanchard, political editor at the daily mirror. police have named the girl who died yesterday in yorkers seven—year—old katie rough. she was found him woodthorpe with serious injuries and died later in hospital. a 15—year—old remains in custody and is being questioned. this is seven—year—old katie rough, found with facial injuries in a playing field in york yesterday. grandparents described her as their darling princess. friends came leave flowers close to where she was discovered today. she was a very close friend to my daughter and a unique,
beautiful, little girl. i respect the family, beautiful family. people living in this small cul—de—sac tried to help katie's mother who arrived just after her child was found. a woman ran up the street — that was obviously the mother of the daughter — she was shouting, "help, call for an ambulance." i put my shoes on and went to walk up the alleyway, i got halfway up and i could see a body lying in the field, but the police were already there attending. seven—year—old katie died a short time later in hospital. a 15—year—old girl has since been arrested and is being questioned. about half a mile away, police have also been at a semi—detached house as part of their inquiries into what happened. danny savage, bbc news, york. there's been a steep increase in the number of people arriving at accident and emergency departments in england with mental health issues — putting more pressure on a system already under strain. the latest official figures analysed for the bbc show 165,371
attendances in 2015/16. that includes a rise of 89% in the number of children and young people under 18 attending a&e. emergency doctors described the figures as the tip of an iceberg. alison holt reports. it's another day of unrelenting demand in the emergency department of birmingham's queen elizabeth hospital. is there any movement in terms of beds? patients are lining up on trolleys in the corridor, and the waiting room is packed. next customer, counter one, please. she's taken an overdose of some prescribed medication... the psychiatric team, based in the department, is dealing with a number of people who've tried to take their own lives. she had a follow on plan, she'd taken an overdose the last time. among them, a woman in her early 20s. doctors have dealt with the physical affects of the overdose, but the root cause is her history of mental health problems. what's happened, then?
and the mental health trust has set up a quiet unit nearby to assess people away from the pressure. its staff then search for the psychiatric beds or community support needed. 0k, we need to admit this lady. i'm trying to act upon this as a matter of urgency for this lad because he doesn't sound well at all. nobody in a mental health crisis should be in accident & emergency unless they've got a physical health need. 0ur a&e, what i see, are very, very busy, overstimulated places and somebody with a mental health issue, it's just not conducive at all to them, to being in that environment. that's why in birmingham they've set up this street triage team to intervene before people reach the emergency department. the patient here is hearing voices stating — going to kill someone. with a police officer, paramedic and psychiatric nurse on board, they respond to 999 calls where there are mental health concerns. i'm a nurse, my name's lisa. 0k, we're the triage team.
already this evening the man they're visiting has called for an ambulance several times. his physical health is checked, they listen to and assess him. are you telling me that there was these negative voices in your head at the moment? i think like there's someone controlling me. it's kind of like, i'm some kind of machine. after half an hour it's agreed, rather than going to a&e, he'll keep a community appointment in the morning. has it helped having the visit? i think the first step is me asking for help as well as being assured that i will get the help. over the last four, five weeks he's been going to a&e quite a lot. i think he's had six admissions through a&e. so we've come out tonight to try and prevent that cycle. night and day the street triage team is in demand, but here they believe it's making a difference in getting people the right help.
we managed to reduce the numbers of attendance to the a&e, but what you get, you get high quality. you get mental health, police forces and paramedics working in collaboration together to look after one single patient. for many, a&e will remain the first place they turn to, the challenge is to help people who are vulnerable before they reach a crisis. some breaking news out of the usa concerning volkswagen, you know that they have been in deep water over fixing emissions tests for their vehicles. they are being sued by the authorities. well, in the usa, volkswagen are saying that they have come to a draft deal, or have a d raft come to a draft deal, or have a draft agreement for a £45 billion
deal to settle the us criminal case surrounding the emissions cheating scandal, known as dieselgate. 0f course there is a gate on the end of it! the company says that it is in advanced discussions with the us justice department to settle the criminal investigations and civil fines, but it is subject to approval by volkswagen?‘s board, but could be approved as early as late tonight usa time. we may get that final deal put through to settle all the legal issues concerning the scandal over the rigging of emissions for bulks wagon vehicles, which came to light about 18 months ago —— vw vehicles. there are lawsuits that are being
put forward by european buyers of vw vehicles. they still have to deal with all of that on this side of the pond, but in the usa, it looks as if there may be a multi—billion dollar settle m e nt there may be a multi—billion dollar settlement to deal with this scandal, and that deal could be ratified by vw‘s board as early as tonight. any more on that, we will bring to you as we get it. there was more travel misery for hundreds of thousands of southern rail passengers today, as the network's drivers started a 48—hour strike. it's just the latest industrial action in a row between the unions and the company over plans for driver—only—operated trains. and, as our transport correspondent richard westcott reports, it could spread to other train companies. paralysed by a strike — again. more than 2,200 southern services weren't running today. platform 2 for the delayed 0747 thameslink service. their passengers were forced to find other routes in.
causing delays and cancellations every single day. it's having a devastating effect on the body shops staff. they're missing children's birthdays, they can't arrange meetings, they're having arguments at home. they're feeling stressed, tired and irritable and there's a number of people saying every day, from about 4.00pm, they're sitting getting more and more stressed about whether they're going to get home at all, or on time for the commitment they've got that night. back on board, several commuters said this. the government need to do something about it. you know, it's ridiculous. so the bbc put the question to the minister. reporter: what are you, as transport secretary, doing about it though? don't you have a duty to step in on behalf... the government's engaged day in and day out in trying to find a way to get this issued resolved, and we'll carry on doing that. in merseyside, unions are fighting similar plans to bring in driver—only operated trains. it's southern today, but this issue threatens to spread across britain. richard westcott, bbc news, croydon. today, there was more evidence
of the pressure on a&e departments with leaked documents, seen by the bbc, showing that tens of thousands of patients in england were left waiting on trolleys in the first week of the new year. nearly 500 of them waited over 12 hours, that's three times as many as for the whole of last january. 0ur health editor, hugh pym has the story. this was life at one hospital on the front line today, even more hectic than usual, with an astonishing 20% more patients than last year. they are urging people to stay away if the problem is not urgent and seek care elsewhere. the beginning of january is always a busy time, it's much busier than this time last year. i think we will make it through the winter but it is going to be really hard for us. since christmas the nhs has been under immense pressure with some of the busiest ever days in hospitals. the red cross said there
was a humanitarian crisis but this was denied by the government. the bbc has obtained internal figures revealing the scale of the pressure. a number of patients relying on trolleys for hours at a time because beds were not available. the figures come from 131 hospital trusts in england, they show there were 485 patients waiting more than 12 hours on trolleys in that week. that compares with 158 for the whole of january last year. all but one hospital missed the target of treating or assessing 95% of a&e patients within four hours. for 80 trusts, the outcome was below that. jeremy hunt hinted yesterday before our target might be changed jeremy hunt hinted yesterday the four—hour
target might be changed to cover urgent cases only. earlier he said some accident and emergency units had serious problems but most had coped better than last year but there were warnings from experts but there were no easy solutions. over 30 yearw, we reduced the number of bed by half and we increase the number of admissions to double. it is about reaching a crisis situation. the data in scotland, northern ireland and wales are not directly comparable and the data did not cover all hospitals but it acknowledged there was unprecedented demand. we can speak now to roy lilley, who's a former nhs trust chairman, and is now a health writer and commentator. it is good to see you. thank you for coming. these figures suggest that
nearly 500 people waited for more than 12 hours on trolleys before they were seen in accident and emergency departments. that was at the start of this year. this is not over any lengthy period. it is since january one. what is going on? a&es are busy. it is chock—a—block. these figures are really a canary in the mind. these are the indicators that tell you just how busy it is. the hospitals are full. the main reason is that they have a lot of elderly frail people on wards that they can't send home because social services don't have the resources to put the care packages together. that is bathing and meals on wheels to support people when they get home. they are chock—a—block, they have no nowhere to put anyone. if they put people in observation units, they have two stay on a trolley. people are being treated as hunks of meat,
basically, because of all these problems. they are being left out to wait for a doctor to see them. they are wait for a doctor to see them. they a re left wait for a doctor to see them. they are left stranded on trolleys. as someone are left stranded on trolleys. as someone who worked in the health industry, it was part of your life. how angry does this make you? nobody wa nts to how angry does this make you? nobody wants to go to work and do this. 1 million people will be treated in the next 36 hours in hospitals and that gives you the scale and we are talking about 500 and i am not in any sense belittling that. it is —— if it is five people it is too many. it gives you an indication of how much pressure it is under. the nhs has had pretty much flat line funding since 2010. we have the lowest bed numbers in the whole of the oecd. 2.8 beds per thousand population. there are not enough beds. social services cannot cope. the mystery... i don't want to make a political point because i don't do politics in that way, but the
mystery is why is the government pretending there isn't a problem? jeremy hunt said yesterday, the wrong one or two problems in two or three hospitals. it is not, it is endemic. what is the answer? if i we re endemic. what is the answer? if i were to press a button and do something immediately, iwould were to press a button and do something immediately, i would get something immediately, i would get some funding into social services to get it back on its speed. it has had its budget is cut by 40% you cannot cope with that level of cuts. what do you do then? all we can do is get urgent funding in. we thought chancellor hammond would put some money in in the october statement. he didn't. the communities secretary has said that they can raise the preset, the local government can reuse it —— raise it. that is the amount they can race. even that is a little because at the moment they are allowed to raise 2% per annum for three years. they are now saying you can move that forward. it is 3%
per annum or two years. it is the same money being shuffled around. i think most people that work in the health service are completely puzzled when they come to work and they see what is happening, why there is such a poor response. almost a sort of denial amongst ministers who are trying to play it down. i get the politics of this. the labour party will be all over jeremy hunt with health questions and it will be uncomfortable. but by delaying sorting the problem out, they'll just making it delaying sorting the problem out, they'lljust making it worse delaying sorting the problem out, they'll just making it worse for the future. the nhs has its own problems and funding was ring fence between 2010 and 2015 up to a point. and funding was ring fence between 2010 and 2015 up to a pointm and funding was ring fence between 2010 and 2015 up to a point. it is 196. 2010 and 2015 up to a point. it is 1%. 0k, 2010 and 2015 up to a point. it is 196. ok, so it was limping along. what has made things worse is the crisis and the underfunding of social care, and that is having the knock—on effect on the nhs. social care, and that is having the knock-on effect on the nhs. that is
where the real blockage is. it is exacerbated by the fact that if you area exacerbated by the fact that if you are a working person, you go to work in the moment, primary care is closed, you come home it is closed, saturday it is emergencies, someday you go to church and sprinkle yourself with holy water and pray for a cure. very few places are open on sunday. working people may have diabetes, asthma, something they can soldier on. getting an appointment is impossible so go to a&e. soldier on. getting an appointment is impossible so go to me. very depressing, we will believe it. sorry. don't apologise, it is a sad day for the nhs, as many have been lately. police in cumbria are investigating reports that saline bags at a hospital in carlisle may have been tampered with. the nhs trust which runs cumberland infirmary says there's no indication that any patients have been adversely affected — and says security measures have been increased. the problem was discovered last wednesday by a member of staff who alerted senior doctors. a former deputy governor of the bank of england is to be the next chairman of the bbc.
the appointment of sir david clementi was announced after being approved by number ten. he faces the task of leading a new board to oversee how the corporation is run, with the media watchdog 0fcom taking over the regulation of bbc content. it was the scoop of the century, the news of the nazi invasion of poland that triggered world war two. today clare hollingworth, the british war correspondent who broke the story, died. she was 105. as a rookie reporter in poland she'd spotted german forces gathering on the border in 1939. james robbins looks back at her extraordinary life and career. news reel: this is a national programme from london. germany has invaded poland and has bombed many towns. but three days earlier, clare hollingworth‘s greatest scoop had already appeared in the daily telegraph. alone, inside germany, she'd seen the nazis massing for invasion. aged 27 and a journalist for less than a week, a woman in a man's world had beaten the lot of them.
fellowjournalists celebrated clare's 105th birthday as even more extraordinary stories emerged of her role before world war ii, helping refugees escape the nazis. in danger herself so many times, clare hollingworth was witness the great events across more than a century. clare hollingworth, who's died at the age of 105. i look at the weather. the wind is picking up in the north and west of the uk as some rain arrives. that is still light and patchy across england and wales. any showers turning wintry over the higher ground of scotland. so cold and
windy start to the day and the wind could be a problem tomorrow especially the northern part of the uk with very blustery conditions. many snow showers across the higher ground in scotland and getting down to lower levels through the day. feeling cold in the wind further north. 0n feeling cold in the wind further north. on thursday another cold day in the northern half of the uk with further wintry showers and maybe even snow over higher ground in the south. the top stories now. jeremy corbyn says he is not wedded to the idea of keeping freedom of movement for eu citizens during brexit negotiations.
he also clarified his position on theissue he also clarified his position on the issue of a pay cut on top earners. you could set a limit on top earners. you could set a limit on t°p pay, earners. you could set a limit on top pay, it is better to look at the ratio because that would encourage wage rises lower down. police in york have named the child found badly injured yesterday in the city, who later died. katie rough was seven years old and discovered in the woodthorpe area. a 15—year—old girl is being questioned. documents leaked to the bbc show a 47 per cent rise in psychiatric attendances at a&e departments in england, over the past four years. as we've hearing jeremy corbyn appears to have pulled back from recommending a pay cap on top—earners after warnings that such a move risked "penalising success". the labour leaderfloated the idea in a bbc radio interview this morning as a way of creating a more equal society. but he's now indicating he would prefer to look at reducing the ratio between the highest and lowest paid workers ina company
in order to tackle the growing wage disparity in britain. will and the race to the bottom in pay and working conditions by setting up a new ministry of labour to get a grip on thejob market setting up a new ministry of labour to get a grip on the job market free for all. we will ensure that all workers have equal rights at work from day one. and require collective—bargaining agreement and ina collective—bargaining agreement and in a properly regulated labour market so workers cannot be undercut. this will bring an end to the unscrupulous use of agency labour and bogus self—employment to stop undercutting and ensure every worker has a secure job with secure pgy- worker has a secure job with secure pay. that is why we will set the minimum wage level at the living wage, expected to be £10 an hour i 2020. these changes should be made to benefit the whole community.
while the tackle low paid the bottom, we also have to address the access that drives that poverty, that leaves millions of people in poverty even know they are in work. in the 1920s poverty even know they are in work. in the 19205 jp poverty even know they are in work. in the 1920s jp morgan, poverty even know they are in work. in the 1920sjp morgan, the wall street banker, limited salaries to 20 times that ofjunior employers —— employees. another advocate for pay ratios was david cameron, his government proposed a 21 pay ratio to limit sky—high pay in the public sector. and now all salaries higher than 150,000 must be signed off by the cabinet office. we will go further and extend that to any company that is awarded a government contract. a 21 ratio means that someone contract. a 21 ratio means that someone ending the living wage at just over £16,000 a year would
permit an executive to be learning —— spanning nearly 350,000. if companies are getting public money cannot be right that they can be creamed off by a few at the top. but there was a wider point, 20 years ago the top bosses of the financial times stock exchange 100 companies index and just 50 times the average worker and today that figure is 130 times. last year alone top bosses got a 10% pay rise, far higher than those doing the work in the shops, call centres and warehouses or indeed the many health workers who got no rights whatsoever last year. so what can we do, these are alternatives. we could allow consumers tojudge alternatives. we could allow consumers to judge for themselves, with a government backed kitemark for those companies who agreed pay
corbyn, would you have advised him to talk about pay caps this morning? i would not have advised him to talk about pay caps at all, he was meant to have been speaking about brexit today. but it came up and so he talked about it. whether he meant to say what he said, who knows. but it was not a good policy that he put out. he probably believes in pay cap. he may do but again it is not the best way to tackle the massive problem of inequality. and he backtracked on it through the day. we have a problem with inequality, and we have to tackle the issue so it is having a massive impact on people in this country. but the wealthiest people in this country do not make their income from earning a wage, the make—up from dividends and interest and rent and trust
distributions. nothing he said will toggle —— would tackle that problem. and a pay gap is not the solution. you could do it through a higher tax rate, you could limit the corporation tax relief on a company that pays excessive pay, there are simpler and more effective ways to deal with it. what he has put forward our schemes which would be very easy to avoid, and only deal with pay and therefore not drive at the heart of the real problem of inequality. but the idea of looking ata inequality. but the idea of looking at a ratio, that might make sense on the face of it. yes but if you are speaking about the ftse100 company with a maximum pay of 350,000, i know that is a sum that i cannot imagine ever earning, and most people would never imagine any that but it is incredibly low bit ftse 100 standards. if he says this is the way he wants to stop outsourcing
thatis the way he wants to stop outsourcing that is fine but the problem is that we buy essential services from many companies will play is higher than that. the nhs buying drugs for example from companies that pay way in excess of that. will these speak to someone in the party to formulate these kind of policies?” to someone in the party to formulate these kind of policies? i do not advise them any more, i was in westminster this afternoon but i do not know who thought up this idea of why it happened at this moment. all the advisers assembled afterjeremy corbyn was first elected have since resigned so i'm not sure who the advisory panel is. but for labour leader to speak about inequality especially between putting 100 ceos and those on the shop floor, that is and those on the shop floor, that is a good thing? i do not dispute that he's doing exactly the right thing talking about inequality. and we have got bad pay ratio wrong. evidence is on high pay simply do
not earn it. it is not related to performance. so it is wise to tackle it. but this was the wrong way to do it. but this was the wrong way to do it. effectively this morning he proposed a 100% tax rate and that is not wise, it does not work. what he now suggested is we will not buy from companies that paid more than £350,000 a year but vast ranges of essential public services are bought from companies that have pay on that scale. and those companies are international and i do not want them to leave the uk for this reason. i do not want him to give away corporation tax equally to companies who get the pay ratio right. i do wa nt who get the pay ratio right. i do want companies to be denied tax relief on paying that. if we pay someone a salary relief on paying that. if we pay someone a salary of 2 million, if the tax rate is 20%, we subsidise
bad by 400000 and effectively give them a tax rebate. cut out the subsidy, on all pay over a quarter ofa subsidy, on all pay over a quarter of a million and that would discourage the payment. change the rules on national insurance, we could crack down on this. but at the moment the policy is looking ill thought through. does that include the idea of workers on remuneration boards, could that work?|j the idea of workers on remuneration boards, could that work? i heard an earlier economists speaking about this and saying there were reservations. i think workers on board are worthwhile and it is right that the government should start by putting people on the boards of things like her majesty's revenue and customs for example. but the reality is it can only be 12 such people and they cannot have a veto on pay. the shareholders should have a binding veto on pay and that is
not even yet in company law. so there are many ways to go. thank you. the northern ireland secretary has said a new election for the stormont assembly is increasingly likely. the power—sharing government is in crisis following the resignation of sinn fein's martin mcguiness as deputy first minister. the main cause of the dispute is the mis—handling of an energy scheme which could cost the taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds. my colleague ben brown has been following the story from stormont for us. james brokenshire, the northern ireland secretary, said in the commons today this situation here is grave. it is in truth the worst, most serious political crisis here in northern ireland for a decade, triggered by the resignation by martin mcguinness over the controversial renewable heating scheme. but many here saying it is actually running much deeper than that and that sinn fein have become fed up with the way that power—sharing in northern ireland has been operating recently. arlene foster, who was the first minister, is now no
some people have speculated that there could be a return to direct rule from london. and that was put to the sinn fein president gerry adams. the last person that wanted to resign is martin mcguinness. butjust shows you how untenable the position was, that he felt, and i fully support him in this, that he had no other option but to bring a halt to it, to say the status quo cannot prevail. let's start all over again, folks, if the dup want to be in power—sharing with the rest of us, they cannot be in there on their terms, any more than we can be there on our terms. the good friday agreement, the principles of good manners, respect, tolerance, and equality, fairness, transparency, have to be at the core. the thoughts there of gerry adams. let's talk now to brian rowan, journalist, commentator and author, a veteran commentator,
maybe, on northern ireland affairs. put this into historical context for us, we talk about this being the result of this heating scheme, but it runs deeper than that? there is a much wider frame and here we are almost 20 years after the good friday agreement, that historic moment which was portrayed as the confirmation of our peace. and here we are in this crisis and you described it as the most serious political crisis, here we are in this crisis with people talking about the need for a new agreement, and no short—term fix to the problems we have at this time. so sinn fein havejust run out of patience with the way that power—sharing works here? i was at an event on saturday where gerry adams was addressing a large republican audience, making clear that if arlene foster did not step aside, that sinn fein would bring that situation about. that led to martin mcguinness resigning. so i think the republican leadership is responding to a grassroots mood, the mood that these institutions are not working for republicans,
what is in this for us is their argument. and i think that is what has brought this to a head. and brought into the frame this discussion now about the need for a new agreement, putting on the table issues that have been impossible to deal with over the past decade or so. so we're likely to have new elections as i say, but they will not change very much. elections change numbers, they do not change issues. i think the big issues that republicans are now talking about is a process that addresses the legacy of our past, they have been discussing that for a decade. so the idea that you could sort that out in a few weeks or a few months just does not seem to be, to fit. an irish language act, the whole question of reconciliation. so these big issues going on to the table so if we're talking about a new agreement, then we're talking about a long then we're
talking about a long negotiation. the question is on the other side of that election, will there be any food or appetite for that. and in a word, very briefly, is direct rule from london, is that an option, a possibility? i certainly think it is a possibility. brian rowan, journalist and commentator, many thanks indeed. the northern ireland secretaryjames brokenshire said today that he would like to see talks between sinn fein and the dup to try to find a way out of this crisis. but the war of words between the sides at the moment is pretty vitriolic and it does not look as if there will be any agreement any time soon. the headlines. jeremy corbyn has told supporters he is not wedded to the idea of keeping free movement for eu citizens during brexit negotiation. police in york have named the child found badly injured in the city yesterday who
later died. katie rough was seven yea rs later died. katie rough was seven years old. a 15—year—old girls in question. documents leaked to the bbc show 47% rise in psychiatric attendances at accident and emergency departments in england over the past four years. and an update on the markets. the ftse in london is up and the dax is down, sorry, it is up slightly. the dow has recorded a bit of a loss and the nasdaq is up ever so slightly. world football's governing body, fifa, has approved plans to expand the world cup. from 2026, the number of countries taking part will rise from 32 to 48. it will mean 16 groups of three teams and an extra knockout round. fifa's president, gianni infantino, said the new format would allow more countries the "chance to dream". from zurich, our sports news correspondent richard conway has
been talking to fifa's new boss, gianni infantino. fifa has finally cleared a path to a world cup of 48 teams from 2026, 16 more countries willjoin football's flagship tournament. speaking to me today, the world governing body's president insisted, in the face of much criticism, it's time for the sport to look beyond its traditional borders. football has become a truly global game because many more countries, many more teams, will have the chance to qualify, so they will invest in developing football. they will invest in developing elite football as well as grass—roots football. they will invest in their technical developments and this will make sure that the quality rises. the growth of the world cup will bring in revenue. fifa stand to make £500 million profit in 2026, according to its own research. gianni infantino was elected on a pledge to deliver a bigger competition and insists it is not about cash and politics.
it's not at all a money and power grab, it's the opposite. it's a football decision. so the way we presented it was — 0k — we present four formats, every one of the four formats has advantages in terms of the financial situation which means we are in a comfortable situation to be able to take a decision simply based on the sporting merit. asia and africa stand to benefit the most when the extra 16 places are divided up. there will be more slots too for european nations. the scottish fa welcomed today's decision, believing it will give them and others a better chance of qualifying. after a number of years, when fifa was a by—word for corruption, its new leadership is determined to assert itself. gianni infantino's task is now to convince his critics a reformed world cup is a force for good. richard conway, bbc news zurich. a pair of friends from bristol have
received a huge worldwide reaction for a unique snooker "trick shot". tom woolman and shane o'hara spent all night filming the 500ft long sequence which has now gone viral on social media. as scott ellis reports they are already make plans for their next trick. a golf putt combined with some pool and snooker tricks that is spellbinding to watch. it takes you on a 500 feetjourney that lasts two minutes and ends in a hole in one. although it didn't feel that way to the two men behind it. they spent all night setting up the trick, and didn't get it right until long after dawn. honestly, i thought an hour tops, knock the ball down the stairs a couple of times and get home to bed and be back at work tomorrow. but no, it turned out to be a whole night stint. we got that clip at ten to eight and we said eight o'clock
forecast as well. some showers following on behind tonight and a strong wind coming in from the north and west. the rain becomes patchy as it drifts out across england and wales. wintry showers over the higher ground of scotland. and feeling chilly out in the wind. the wind is a feature in two tomorrow, so wind is a feature in two tomorrow, so travel disruption is certainly possible. the northern half of the uk sees gusts of up to 70 miles an hour. and some showers to add to the mix as well. willie wood showers in northern ireland and the north of england. the strongest winds over to the east of the pennines. further south quite blustery with the strongest wind further west. then through the day it stays windy across all parts, most of the
showers in the north and west of the uk. the south and east essentially fine and dry with variable amounts of cloud. snow showers getting down to lower levels in the afternoon. 0n wednesday night into thursday, snow showers start to come down to very low levels across scotland and northern ireland and the north of england. then some rain gathering towards the south and west. by dawn on thursday quite cold with some frost. looking ahead towards thursday, the rain gathering in the south and west. we're not sure how far north it will move. also uncertainty about how much cold air and snow gets into the mix. at the moment it looks like at least some snow across higher ground. further north it is a mixture of sunny spells and wintry showers and feeling cold in the win. feeling
more like —3. then through thursday night another low drifts down the north sea coast. friday is cold and windy. this is bbc news. i'm clive myrie. the headlines at 8pm: jeremy corbyn has set out labour's policy on brexit, but it's still a little unclear where he stands on eu migration. we're not wedded to free movement through the eu as a point of principle. i don't want to be misinterpreted — nor do we rule it out. mr corbyn has also pulled back from recommending a pay cap on top earners. police have named the child found badly injured in york yesterday, who later died. katie rough was seven. a 15—year—old girl is still being questioned. also coming up — there's been a sharp rise in psychiatric attendances at accident and emergency units in england over the past four years. 0ther figures show record numbers of nhs patients in england have faced long waits in a&e departments. for the first